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I have to admit that I’ve watch Real Sociedad games just to check up on Carlos Vela. While he is now a Sociedad player I’ve always liked Vela and can’t shake the feeling that he could have still done a job in the Premier League.
Although Agirretxe is the main striker for Sociedad, Vela was the one who ended up the team’s top scorer. Doing so while hardly completing a full 90 minutes. His season stats were better than Alexis Sánchez, 3 goals less than Michu, who is making an impact on the Premier League, and that from playing either left Wing of centre midfield.
Celta Vigo immediately served noticed to Sociedad with a well worn English tactic of a crunching 1st tackle, but Sociedad soon got into their stride forcing Varas into an early save. Vigo edged possession but it was Sociedad who looked more like scoring.
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Both teams were able to create scoring chances but the first half concluded without a goal. Nonetheless this was not a match that would conclude without the keeper collecting the ball out from his nets.
Thankfully the second half didn’t let us down as the visitors with Aspas using his strength to hold up the ball enough to feed Enrique De Lucas a short pass for him to slam home close range.
Iago Aspas was the one Vigo player who impressed in the first half. Playing that now common false 9 role, had the most shots for his team and also created the most scoring chances. One raking pass similar to that famous Frank de Boer pass to Dennis Bergkamp in the 1998 Wolrd Cup could have been a marvellous goal alas the recipient of that pass was no Dennis Bergkamp.
Celta Vigo’s lead didn’t last long, 5 minutes it took for Agirretxe to pull Real Sociedad level, a few minutes later Vela chasing down a loose cross right on the goal line managed to fashion a pass across the box that was well and truly flubbed by the defence allowing Agirretxe to get his second and give Sociedad what would eventually be the winner.
While the game wasn’t what you’d see from top Spanish sides, it was no where the dire affair you tend to get between less blessed Premier league teams.
Both teams wanted to win, they both fashioned scoring chances from open play. Thirty shots at goal between the two teams, the defences had to make crucial blocks, 11 blocked on the line and 3 off the post. It’s always nice to see teams at any level put the ball on the floor and create goal scoring chances.
While in pursuit of point of avoiding dropped point, it makes tactical sense to have a good defence and try to score on the counter or a set piece, it is always more entertaining to see both sides attacking with intent.
It was no Clasico more akin to a great low budget movie, I might just get used to this La Liga malarkey.